Jun 14, 2024  
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Learn More About Electrician Apprenticeship Harmonized


Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is an apprenticeship?
    An apprenticeship is a relationship between an employer and an employee where the employee (the apprentice) commits to learn the trade while working for the employer, and the employer commits to provide on-the-job training, time away from the workplace for the apprentice to attend technical training classes, and to pay the apprentice a certain percentage of the journeyperson wage rate, which increases as the apprentice progresses through the training.
     
  2. What is a journeyperson?
    A journeyperson is a person who has received a Certification of Qualification in a trade. A journeyperson is then entitled to be referred to by the trade name (ie: carpenter, electrician, millwright, heavy duty mechanic, etc.)
     
  3. What training will I take?
    Apprenticeships normally consist of approximately 80 per cent on the job training and 20 per cent in-school technical training. While working on the job site the apprentice is to learn the trade under the tutelage of a journeyperson, who is assigned responsibility for the apprentice’s training. The apprentice is also required to attend technical training classes. The classes are most commonly held in colleges and depending on the trade consist of six to 10 weeks of classroom training during each year of the apprenticeship.
     
  4. How long does an apprenticeship last?
    An apprenticeship lasts one to five years, depending on the trade, and the rate the apprentice progresses through the training. Most apprenticeships are four years.
     
  5. How much will I earn?
    The rate of pay depends on the rate being paid a journeyperson in the same trade with the same employer. Although it is dependent on the employer, the rates are often 50 per cent for the first six months and rising through 55 per cent, 60 per cent, 65 per cent, 70 per cent, 75 per cent, 80 per cent, 90 per cent at the end of each six month period. Rates vary by trade and by employer. 
     
  6. What certification will I receive upon completion of my apprenticeship?
    You will receive a Certification of Apprenticeship, and upon completion of the BC exam you will also receive a BC Government Certification of Qualification (C of Q). Apprentices in many trades may also write the Interprovincial (Red-Seal) exam. This certification is recognized across the country and enables Red-Seal qualified journeypersons to work in those trades across Canada. In some trades in BC, the Red-Seal exam is used as the C of Q exam.

Supply List

Students are required to provide the following list of basic supplies and tools:

 Required

  • calculator - Sharp EL-520WBBK or equivalent
  • HB pencils
  • hi-liter marker
  • one set, coloured pens or pencils
  • plastic rule, 12”
  • protractor
  • binders
  • note paper
  • safety glasses
  • text books and learning guides - details provided at NIC Bookstore

 NOTE: Please purchase books on the 1st day of class and not in advance.